Hugh Tranter

Australian Signals Establishing Telephone Station Gallipoli 1915

Oil on canvas

75 x 50cm

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This painting is based on a photo from the Australian National Archives ‘Trove’ collection. The exact location of this scene is not recorded on the photo, but the terrain is familiar to Gallipoli; high ridge tops and precipitous slopes, with entrenched Turkish positions just beyond the eye line, and a semi-arid landscape with the hardy vegetation gaining a grip in the rivulets and folds of the landscape. You can almost feel the heat of the sun on a windless day as the diggers go about their work, setting up the communications infrastructure for an upcoming assault. The diggers were busy doing something they did a lot of – hard work and digging.